Delhi University colleges like St Miranda House and a few others’ salaries are not paid to their teaching and non-teaching staff. The employees, primarily the non-teaching staff, are unusually unhappy at not obtaining their due incomes even at Holi. This leaves them in financial hardships at a festive time.
The colleges said they hadn’t been able to hand over their staff salaries. It is because they hadn’t obtained funds from the University Grants Commission (UCC). This is a central government funding agency.
As it is Holi now and the earnings haven’t been paid yet. This causes problems, especially for the non-teaching staff. When we asked the authorities, we were informed funds from UCC hadn’t yet been received. It is sad to hear that salaries are not paid in DU.
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St. Stephen’s College as well as Lady Shri Ram College are trust-run institutions. They receive 95% of their funds from UGC Miranda House. It is a DU-maintained college that obtains 100% funding from UGC. Even Dyal Singh College is a university-maintained college. It has not been disbursing salaries in time. The staff of Zakir Husain College, as well as Shyamlal College too haven’t been paid. The teachers of Sri Venkateswara College obtained their salaries only on Tuesday.
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Asked about the problem, UGC chairman M. The commissions are being processed as well as the funds will be discharged soon.”
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Abha Dev Habib, the physics teacher at Miranda House, said, “It is not just this month. We got our earnings late even in the last two months. The principal had said she would discover what was causing the problem.” A teacher at another college remarked, “This is evolving into a regular happening. The pause in funds indicates the attitude of UGC and the Union education ministry. This perspective is reproachable”
Talking about the origin of the problem, Rajesh Jha, ex-DU Executive Council member, said, “When the salaries of permanent teachers and employees were divided from those of the ad-hoc and contractual ones. It is clubbed under the allowance head around two years ago. We had been warned that this would cause a salary crisis. This problem is now being used to motivate guest faculty as well as outsourcing of employees”